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Where are you located?
Italy
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator, Composer
Tell us a little about your background...
I started playing when I was about 11. I made myself a drum set with some heavy cardboard boxes and I tried to play what drummers were doing on my brother’s records. Then one day he came home with Max Roach’s ”Drums Unlimited“ and my life was marked forever.

My professional career started in the mid-Seventies in Rome, Italy as drummer and percussionist for several artists within the circuit of the legendary club The Folkstudio. Among others: Sergio Caputo, Gianni Mastinu, Mimmo Locasciulli, Dodi Moscati, Muzzi Loffredo ecc.

Member of several Jazz groups, I performed with some of the main figures of the Italian jazz scene of those years: among others, Massimo Urbani, Patrizia Scascitelli, Larry Dinwiddie, Luigi Cinque, Andrea Alberti, Francesco Puglisi, Roberto della Grotta, Claudio Rovagna ecc.

I then moved away from Italy and I based my activities in Denmark and USA from 1980 to 1999, playing with some of the major figures of the jazz scene in Scandinavia: Horace Parlan, Per Goldschmidt, Bob Rockwell, Lars Møller, John Tchicai, Jesper Lundgaard, Niels Lan Doky, Bo Stief, Klavs Hovman, Frank Roberts, Lotte Anker, Thomas Agergaard, Lennart Ginman, Frederik Lundin and Thomas Ovesen just to name a few.

In that period I also recorded for the jazz label Soul Note as a member of the Horace Parlan Quartet.

In 1999 I returned to Italy and since then I started concentrating more into composing and working with sound installations, improvisation, performance art etc.

Now I mostly work with my wife Biancamaria Stanzani Ghedini, a wonderful multi-faceted artist who combines visual and performing arts in a very inspiring way. We work together in creating performances, art installations and anything else that could inspire life. We love sincerity, beauty and simplicity, and place these values before anything else in life.

I must say that I've been extremely fortunate and my musical life has been shaped by wonderful encounters, courses, private tutoring and/or direct apprenticeship with incredible artists such as David Liebman, Elvin Jones, Billy Hart, Marvin ”Bugalu“ Smith, Herbie Hancock, Max Roach, Richie Beirach, Wayne Shorter, Buster Williams, Harold Land, Carlos Santana and Larry Coryell. Thank you, always.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
other artists
What Instrument do you play?
Drums
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.myspace.com/massimodemajo

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At 8:49am on June 20, 2009, Fabrizio Cecca said…
Ciao Massimo !!!
At 1:20pm on June 5, 2009, Enrico Galetta said…
Massimo thank you for stopping by. I'm happy to become one of your friend in this nice network.
Have fun in this nice network and keep in touch.
Have a nice weekend.
Ciao. Enrico
 
 
 

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